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Oticon Hit / In-The-Ear

When you're looking for help with your hearing and price really matters, Oticon's Hit, shown here as our example of a Completely-in-the-Canal hearing aid, may be your solution. Hit is manufactured by Oticon, the oldest hearing aid manufacturer in the world that strives to be the leader in high performance hearing solutions that are comprised of advanced hearing science and innovative cutting edge designs.

Hit is designed with quality and reliability in mind, combining the most essential hearing technologies for your hearing and comfort. They feature extended bandwidth for high fidelity sound, automatic directionality for improved listening in loud environments, noise management for listening comfort, and dynamic feedback cancellation to cut down on embarrassing whistling.

Also available in this Completely-in-the-Canal style:
From Phonak: CROS
From Unitron: Next 8 & 16
From Widex: Mind 440

This model is also available as a Behind-the-Ear hearing aid - read more about the Hit or talk to your hearing aid specialist.

Phonak Ambra / In-The-Ear

The Ambra™ from Phonak, shown here as our example of a Half Shell hearing aid, offers robust sound performance in a conveniently small size to improve hearing in a wide variety of situations. Phonak is an innovative force in hearing acoustics, and provides creative solutions to help people overcome technological limitations and improve their quality of life through better hearing.

Ambra hearing aids feature DuoPhone, which lets you hear a voice on the phone in both ears when holding the handset to your ear. The Ambra can adapt automatically to different listening situations, but also boasts FlexControl, which enables the user to make manual adjustment settings with the push of a button. The Ambra also has three advanced versions of Phonak's Zoom technology, designed to enhance hearing in challenging situations.

Also available in this Half Shell:
From Oticon: Agil Pro
From Unitron: Latitude 16
From Widex: Clear 440 Fusion

This model is also available as a Behind-the-Ear. Learn more about Phonak Ambra, or talk to your hearing aid specialist about which would be best for you.

Unitron Passport / In-The-Ear

The Passport™ from Unitron, shown here as our example of a Full Shell hearing aid, is designed to suit different preferences and lifestyles, while offering the technology to improve the ability to hear in a wide variety of situations. Unitron is a global innovator of technologically advanced hearing instruments, and works in close partnership with hearing healthcare professionals to meet the needs of their customers.

Passport device controls are fully automated to always deliver the best in sound quality and improved speech audibility. And with smartFocus™ technology, you'll be able to fine-tune your hearing instrument in a whole new way, increasing your listening satisfaction. Passport also supports the Unifi™ Wireless System which makes it easy to connect to the people, places and technologies in your life. Other innovations of this model include an interactive personalized learning feature and an ultra small shell design that is discreet, yet still technologically powerful.

Also available in this Full Shell style:
From Oticon: Ino Pro
From Phonak: Cassia SP and DP
From Widex: Clear 440 Fusion

This model is also available as a Behind-the-Ear hearing aid. For further information, read more about the Passport or talk to your hearing aid specialist.

Lyric Extended Wear / In-The-Ear

Similar to disposable contact lenses, these hearing aids from Lyric are temporary. When its non-replaceable battery runs out, the entire device must be removed and replaced with a new one by a professional.

While the wearer must be committed to replacing this type of hearing aid regularly, battery replacements, adjustments or cleanings are never necessary.

Learn more about the Lyric, or ask your hearing aid specialist for more information.

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In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

Unlike Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids, the different styles of In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids vary greatly both physically and functionally. They are custom made to fit each individual's ears and are capable of treating all but those with very severe hearing loss. ITE hearing aids are not suitable for children, as their ear canals are constantly changing shape as they grow.

Due to ITE hearing aids being placed inside the ear, they are often considered more cosmetically appealing for many users. Their larger size gives the advantages of easier manipulation and management, a longer battery life, and the potential to include advanced features. But at the same time, a drawback stemming from this size is that they may pick up wind noise.

There are generally three categories of ITE hearing aids:

  • Full and Half Shells (ITC)
    Both “shell” hearing aids are custom-molded to fit the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear, and differ in just a few ways. Half Shell hearing aids fill just the lower portion of the outer ear while Full fills most. Because of this, Full Shells are easier to handle, but more visible and more apt to pick up wind noise.

    Both are capable of treating mild to moderately severe hearing loss, and offer many features such as directional microphones and volume control.

  • In-the-Canal (ITC)
    In-the-Canal (ITC) hearing aids are designed to fit inside your ear canal. They’re small and discreet, but require good manual dexterity and are limited to treating only mild to moderate hearing loss.

    A big advantage of this style is that since it is placed inside your ear, using the telephone or wearing headphones is easy.

  • Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)
    A hearing aid that is Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) will be placed in your ear canal to become virtually invisible. This model will need to be specially customized to properly fit your ears.

    As with other hearing aid styles, its small size has advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include it being very discreet, easy to use with telephones, and less likely to pick up wind noise.

    Disadvantages include the fact that they require good manual dexterity to manipulate and are limited to treating only mild to moderate hearing loss. Also, their smaller batteries don’t last as long as larger ones, and features are very limited.

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